Local workplace advisor Employers Council says it's since an increase of sexual harassment complaints as a result of the #MeToo movement, which has spawned protests, like this recent march in Los Angeles.

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Officials for Employers Council, which provides workplace guidance for more than 4,000 companies and organizations in Colorado and the West, say they've seen an increase in investigations since the birth of the #MeToo movement. The hastag has been used to illustrate sexual assault and harassment in the workplace; but what began as a spotlight on celebrities and high-profile individuals has had an impact far away from Hollywood.

Michelle Sturgell, investigations manager for  Employers Council, spoke with Colorado Matters about how her work has changed since the onset of #MeToo. She says local companies have been fielding more harassment complaints, as well as asking for more training to prevent similar cases from occurring.

Colorado Public Radio is a Employers Council member client.

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